Hurricane Center: Wilma, Still a Category Five, Has Slowed Down

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Wilma has slowed in the western Caribbean, which could be potentially good news for people in its path.

Max Mayfield says while Wilma remains a Category Five storm, it's moving very slowly, wobbling to the west-northwest at seven miles-per-hour.

Mayfield says the longer Wilma stays at sea, the more likely it is to weaken before reaching landfall. He says two computer models have Wilma cutting across Florida before heading up the Atlantic Coast, while a third model has it staying in the western Caribbean.

But Mayfield emphasized that it's way too early to focus on exact
landfall points.

The center of Wilma was located about 285 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It's expected to turn toward the northwest over the next 24 hours.

Wilma is packing top sustained winds near 160 miles-an-hour. Earlier today, with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour and a record low barometric pressure, the storm was the strongest in history in the Atlantic basin.

Evacuation of Key West and the rest of the Florida Keys began Wednesday morning. The storm is still expected to make a southwest Florida landfall this weekend.


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